Delicious Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur Recipes

Welcome to my homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur recipe! If you’re a fan of the popular drink, then you’re in for a treat because this homemade version is even better than the original. I pride myself on creating recipes that taste just as good, if not better, than store-bought alternatives. And let me tell you, once you try this recipe, there’s no going back to the store-bought version.

For those who are unfamiliar with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, it’s a creamy, sweet liqueur made with Irish whiskey and cream. It’s usually served as a digestif, as an ingredient in cocktails or even added to coffee in the morning. But the real magic of Baileys lies in its versatility – it’s perfect for creating a wide range of delicious desserts.

I understand that making homemade liqueur may seem like an intimidating task, but I promise you that it’s quite simple. You don’t need any special equipment or ingredients that are hard to find. With this recipe and my guidance, you’ll be able to make your own homemade Baileys without any problems.

So whether you’re in the mood for a tasty after-dinner drink or want to add some extra flavor to your desserts, I’ve got you covered with this delicious recipe. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur

As a lover of all things rich and indulgent, I can’t think of anything better than Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur. Whether you have a special occasion coming up or simply want to channel your inner mixologist, this recipe is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and creamy.

Why will you love this recipe? For starters, it’s incredibly easy to make. With just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, you can whip up a batch in no time. And speaking of ingredients, this recipe uses only the best – from velvety half-and-half to sweetened condensed milk and Irish whiskey – to create a flavor that’s smooth, creamy and perfectly balanced.

But the best part about making your own homemade Baileys Irish Cream? The endless possibilities for customization. You can add a dash of vanilla extract for extra sweetness or cinnamon for a cozy, warming flavor. Want to give it a little more kick? Try adding chocolate syrup or instant coffee granules for a trendy twist.

And if you’re looking for a vegan alternative, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. You can easily swap out the heavy cream for evaporated milk and use any vegan-friendly whiskey or coffee liqueur in place of the original Baileys.

So whether you’re sipping it straight up, pouring it over ice cream or mixing it into your favorite cocktail, Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur is sure to become your new go-to indulgence.

Ingredient List

 Pouring creamy Bailey's into a glass will transport you to a cozy pub in Ireland
Pouring creamy Bailey’s into a glass will transport you to a cozy pub in Ireland

Let’s take a look at the ingredients needed to make this Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur recipe:


  • 1 can (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1½ cups of Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons Chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Heavy cream

That’s all you need for making your own Bailey’s Irish Cream. You’ll note that there are some key ingredients in this recipe that give the iconic flavor of Bailey’s Irish Cream: Whiskey, cream, coffee, and chocolate.

The Recipe How-To

 The smell of coffee and whiskey in the air is the perfect aroma to start off the morning
The smell of coffee and whiskey in the air is the perfect aroma to start off the morning

Let’s get started on making this decadent and creamy Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur recipe. Here is a step-by-step guide:


  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a blender, combine the sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, half-and-half, instant coffee granules, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon.

  2. Blend the ingredients for about 10 seconds until everything is well combined.

  3. Pour the mixture into a sealable bottle or jar.

  4. Add a few tablespoons of heavy cream to the bottle or jar and shake vigorously until it’s smooth.

  5. Refrigerate the homemade Baileys Irish cream liqueur for at least two hours before serving.

That’s it! You’ve got yourself some homemade Baileys Irish cream liqueur that is perfect for sipping straight or using as an ingredient in your favorite cocktails.

Additional notes:

  • The recipe will last up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
  • If you want to make homemade vegan Baileys, simply substitute the half-and-half with evaporated milk and skip the heavy cream.
  • For an alternative to traditional Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, try using Jameson whiskey instead of traditional Irish whiskey.
  • If you find the liqueur too sweet, reduce the amount of sweetened condensed milk by half.
  • To achieve a smoother consistency, consider adding ice cream into the blender with rest of the ingredients.

Enjoy your homemade Baileys masterpiece!

Substitutions and Variations

 The rich, velvety texture of every sip makes you feel like you're indulging in a sweet dessert
The rich, velvety texture of every sip makes you feel like you’re indulging in a sweet dessert

Are you looking to add some variety to your homemade Irish cream liqueur recipe? Here are some substitutions and variations that will give your recipe a unique twist:

– Vegan Baileys: If you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative, try using evaporated milk and vegan Irish whiskey. You can also experiment with different plant-based milks like almond or coconut milk.

– Coffee Liqueur: Add a strong coffee flavor to your homemade Irish cream by using coffee liqueur instead of whiskey. You can also add some instant coffee granules to the mix for an extra kick.

– Chocolate Irish Cream: For all the chocolate lovers out there, try adding cocoa powder or chocolate syrup to your recipe. This will give your Irish cream a rich, chocolatey taste.

– Vanilla Almond Irish Cream: Add some vanilla extract and almond extract to your recipe for a sweet and nutty flavor. This variation is perfect for those who want a more subtle taste.

– Jameson Whiskey: For a different whiskey flavor, try using Jameson whiskey instead of the traditional Irish whiskey. The unique flavor profile of Jameson will give your Irish cream a distinct taste.

Remember, when making substitutions or variations, it’s important to adjust the quantities of each ingredient accordingly. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you!

Serving and Pairing

 Homemade Bailey's is a must-try for any Irish coffee enthusiast
Homemade Bailey’s is a must-try for any Irish coffee enthusiast

One of the best ways to fully experience the rich and decadent flavor of homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur is to serve it neat, over ice or in a warm cup of coffee. The smooth and creamy texture with hints of cinnamon and vanilla creates a perfect balance that will tantalize your taste buds. If you prefer a colder version, you can make a delicious Irish Cream milkshake by blending homemade Bailey’s with vanilla ice cream.

This liqueur can also be used in various cocktail recipes. Why not try mixing it with espresso and chocolate syrup for a tasty twist on the classic espresso martini? You could also use it to make a delicious White Russian by combining it with vodka and half-and-half. The options are endless!

If you have a sweet tooth, pair your homemade Bailey’s with desserts such as tiramisu, cheesecake, or chocolate cake for an extra indulgent treat. Alternatively, you could add a drizzle of this luscious liqueur over your favorite ice cream flavor for an instant dessert upgrade.

For vegan or dairy-free options, evaporated milk or almond milk may be substituted for half-and-half, and coconut cream can replace heavy cream. These variations provide alternative ways to enjoy the smoothness and complexity of Irish Cream without compromising your dietary preferences.

Overall, homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur is a great addition to any mealtime or special occasion as well as a fantastic after-dinner drink that offers elegant sweetness and an aromatic bouquet of coffee, chocolate, vanilla almond, and whiskey.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A dollop of whipped cream on top of the drink is like a warm hug in a glass
A dollop of whipped cream on top of the drink is like a warm hug in a glass

When it comes to making homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, the good news is that it can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a decent amount of time.

To make sure your homemade Baileys remains at its best, try to store it in an airtight container or bottle. It’s recommended to consume the liqueur within two months of making it, but chances are you will have finished it long before then!

If you need to reheat the liqueur, do so gently over low heat on the stove or in a microwave-safe container in short bursts, stirring frequently to ensure even heating.

To enjoy the liqueur, serve it chilled or over ice. You can also drizzle some chocolate syrup or sprinkle some cinnamon on top for an extra touch of flavor.

And for those who prefer vegan options, do not worry as there are various substitutes available for Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur using plant-based ingredients such as evaporated milk and vegan whiskey cream.

With these storing tips and variations, you can easily make and enjoy this homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur recipe whenever you like!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The combination of sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream results in a silky smooth drink
The combination of sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream results in a silky smooth drink

Now that we know how to make our very own homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, let me share some tips that will ensure perfect results every time.

First, it is important to use high-quality ingredients. Opt for fresh eggs, rich and creamy half-and-half or heavy cream, and a good quality Irish whiskey. Using low-quality ingredients can negatively impact the flavor and overall quality of the homemade Irish cream.

Second, be sure to blend the ingredients well. Using a blender or food processor will ensure your mixture is smooth and well combined. Blending the ingredients thoroughly also helps to incorporate any foam or froth created during mixing for a creamy end result.

Third, keep in mind that the recipe can be easily adjusted to suit your taste preferences. Consider adding a bit more vanilla extract or cinnamon for added warmth and depth of flavor. Or try experimenting with different types of whiskey or adding a splash of coffee liqueur for a unique twist.

Another important tip is to chill the mixture before serving. The cold temperature enhances the thick, creamy texture of the homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur and makes it even more enjoyable.

Lastly, if you prefer a vegan version of this classic drink, feel free to use vegan-friendly substitutes such as evaporated milk instead of condensed milk and coconut cream instead of heavy cream. There are plenty of vegan Baileys drink recipes available online so don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with new ingredients!

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to impress your friends and family with your delicious homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur. Cheers!


As you prepare to make this homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur recipe, it’s common to have some questions about the ingredients or the process. To assist you in achieving perfect results every time, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions that can help troubleshoot any issues you may face. Read on for tips and tricks to make your homemade Irish cream liqueur a success.

What are the main ingredients in Baileys Irish Cream?

A delicious combination of Irish whiskey, spirits, cream from Irish dairy, and a hint of luscious chocolate and vanilla notes is what makes up the delightful Irish Cream.

How is Bailey’s liqueur made?

In order to create a delicious and long-lasting liqueur, we will be combining chocolate nibs, vanilla, burnt sugar, sugar, and whiskey with cream.

How long is homemade Baileys good for?

Creating a delicious and convenient spread has never been easier. Simply toss all the ingredients into your trusty blender and blitz it on high for about half a minute or until a smooth, delectable blend is achieved. Make sure to seal it up tight and store it somewhere chilly, like a mason jar in the fridge. It’ll keep perfectly for a good month or two, so you’ll always have some on hand when you crave it.

How long does homemade Irish cream liqueur last?

Get ready to indulge in a delectable concoction of Irish whiskey, cream, and sugar with a delightful medley of flavors. Savor the subtle hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and almond in this homemade Irish Cream Liqueur. And the best part? This heavenly drink will last for two months in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, learning how to make homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur is a game-changer. Not only will you save money from buying the store-bought version, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of making something truly delicious from scratch.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations, and don’t hesitate to serve it over ice cream or use it as an ingredient in your favorite cocktail recipes.

By making your own Irish Cream liqueur, you can easily customize the flavors to your preferences and dietary needs. If you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, try substituting evaporated milk for the half-and-half and sweetened condensed milk.

Whatever your personal style and flavor preferences are, with this homemade Baileys Irish Cream recipe, anything is possible. So why not treat yourself and enjoy this delicious homemade liqueur today? Cheers to trying new things and embracing creativity in the kitchen!

Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur

Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe

yum resting time not included in preparation time
Course Beverage
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, European, Low Protein
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Calories 1753kcal


  • 1 pint half-and-half
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey (Canadian Club works too)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Blend until mixed well, serve cold.
  • Stores up to two weeks in the refrigerator, but it's never lasted that long.


Serving: 959g | Calories: 1753kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 28.6g | Fat: 68.9g | Saturated Fat: 39.2g | Cholesterol: 602.8mg | Sodium: 467.8mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 14.8g

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